We requested Khem Villas to our tour company as we found them in Lonely Planet and then researched them. We upgraded ourselves for our 2 night stay from a room to a cottage, and it was incredible. The setting is amazing, very natural surrounded by tiger grass and views out to the waterhole with it's resident freshwater crocodiles.
Sitting on the porch was so relaxing, with lots of native birds (especially if you get coffee delivered as they must know it comes with cookies!) Peacocks, Jungle babblers, Rufous Treepie - and even monkeys on the odd occasion.
The accommodation is immaculately clean, and the staff are accommodating and there when you need them (but not when you don't). It's nice to have the centralised tip jar at reception too, so you're not always thinking "do I have cash on me?" before requesting anything.
The Age Veda Spa was great too (tried the 45min massage), and the (all vegetarian) food was absolutely incredible (as all the other reviews suggest!).
That being said, it's the quiet location and natural setting that really makes this place. I think the cottage at Khem Villas is the best place we've stayed in any of our trips, ever.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Khem Villas is a small wilderness camp located on the edge of Ranthambhore National Park created on 25 Acres of reclaimed barren land that offers small lakes, open grassland and thick forest areas. All of which combines to offer an unparalleled wilderness experience that is tranquil with nature trails and sit outs from where visitors can view a wide variety of birds and animals. The camp is run by Dr. Goverdhan and Usha Rathore. Goverdhan is the son of Fateh who is India's leading Tiger experts and he himself is an internationally acclaimed environmental activist providing health care, education, alternate energy projects to the local community. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Khem Villas Hotel Sawai Madhopur
- Khem Villas Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India